From finding face masks to facing unknown details for fall semester, disability services professionals at hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities are finding unique ways to serve deaf college students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disability Services During COVID-19: Supporting Deaf Students and Preparing for an Uncertain Fall 2020July 7, 2020
Before the pandemic, deaf employees of all trades faced barriers and challenges, which have now become magnified by the major workplace and life changes imposed by the response to COVID-19.
Determined to provide vital transition services for deaf youth despite a global pandemic, 45 leaders in education and vocational rehabilitation (VR) from 25 states gathered online on May 28 for a special event, “Transition Planning in the Time of COVID-19,” organized by the Engage for Change | state team at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC).
Tips for Instructors: Teaching Deaf Students Online, a new resource from NDC, helps teachers and professors ensure their course remains fully accessible and that deaf students are included in decisions about accommodations, access, and more.
Everyone at the National Deaf Center is thrilled to celebrate you, your hard work, and all the people who helped you get here.
My original intent was to address the end of the school year and NDC’s planned break later this week — and I’ll get to those. What I want to emphasize first and foremost is our message of solidarity against racism and with members of our community who are suffering. We seek ways to engage meaningfully and to take steps to address racism in our personal and professional circles. Each of us is called upon to act, because this fight against injustice and inequality demands it, and our future depends upon it.
NDC is providing an opportunity for disability services professionals to attend TWO live online panels. In our efforts to meet scheduling options for as many participants as possible, we are offering two different opportunities to choose from. Since the content will be the same for each date, we ask individuals to register for one date. The live panels will be recorded for internal evaluation purposes only. Recordings will not be made available to the public.
Racism is also a painful reality within the deaf community. Disparities in opportunity and outcomes for Black deaf Americans are high. Our report on Postsecondary Achievement of Black Deaf People in the United States lays bare the reality that high school, college, and technical training program completion rates for Black deaf people are lower than the national average.
Carlos Aponte-Salcedo is the newest profile in the #DeafSuccess video series by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes. Featuring firsthand accounts from deaf Americans, #DeafSuccess videos show deaf youth the wide variety of paths adulthood can take and seek to empower them to have high expectations for the future.
Deaf teenagers are looking ahead to the future and striving for independence. Yet how do we help them do this when their efforts — and all of our lives — are being upended by the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are some strategies to help provide strong family support for deaf teenagers and address the unique challenges created by the pandemic. [Disponible en español]